GHS 683,000.00 Corruption in UEW SRC: Acting Vice Chancellor must act Now or STEP DOWN
It has been observed that between 2014/2015 to 2016/2017 academic years, there has been numerous occurrences of financial misappropriation, embezzlement, daylight robbery of student funds and massive corruption, being perpetuated by executives of the Student Representative Council of the University of Education, Winneba (Wineba Campus). Lots of funds meant for the welfare of students have been siphoned into private pockets.
Between these years, the Internal Audit Section of the University have failed to audit the activities and accounts of SRC as demanded by the SRC Constitution at the end of each academic year therefore these deeds of misappropriation, embezzlement, daylight robbery of student funds and corruption are not brought into light. No one is held accountable for all these evil deeds.
A team of student investigators took it upon themselves to investigate the activities of SRC for the 2016/2017 academic year and have been able to uncover a whooping sum of about GH¢683,000.00 financial irregularities and unfulfilled contractual agreements in the Student Representative Council of the University of Education, WInneba (UEW), WInneba Campus. The Acting Vice-Chancellor has been petitioned through the Dean of Student Affairs to investigate the matter in the earliest possible time to unravel the truth and sanction culprits where applicable.
We believe people who are involved in corruption, daylight robbery of public funds, embezzlement and financial misappropriation are nation wreckers, and are no different from murderers. They need not be entertained and the necessary punitive laws must be applied on them.
It is these same students leaders who advance their course in thievery, corruption and embezzlement of funds into the national politics and service of Ghana. We can count a number of the past SRC executives of UEW who are active in civil, public and private services. How can we end the fight against corruption when we have such minded persons in the helms of affairs?
What can UEW SRC pride itself with? Students are going through a hard times in their academic ladder – poor internet connectivity on campus, inadequate lecture halls and chairs, no public address system for large lecture halls, poor on-campus transport system, poor security, poorly-equipped ICT laboratory just to name a few. The funds SRC can use to support the University in its infrastructure development are finding its way into peoples’ pockets.
It is time for change in the status quo. It is time to name, shame and punish wreckers of development and progress of society. The ultimate solution is to discipline culprits of financial misappropriation, embezzlement of funds, corruption and thievery.
Corruption, embezzlement and financial misappropriation must end in SRC. No one can do that other than the Vice Chancellor who is responsible for discipline in the University. The Acting Vice Chancellor has no reason not to act on the petition before him to investigate about GHS 683,000.00 financial irregularities and unfulfilled contractual agreements in the Student Representative Council.
If the Acting Vice Chancellor can instil discipline in Senior members of the University, how more the Junior members?
There is no other time other than NOW!
The Acting Vice Chancellor must act now or STEP DOWN!